Young women and girls manipulated and dragged into this dark dangerous life of modern day slavery and prostitution. They are threatened to be killed if they walk away.
It’s an international issue showing it's face more and more in the D.C. area.
Earlier this week, federal agents raided a home here in McLean and rescued two women from the Philippines. The home, a mile from the CIA, is owned by the Saudi Arabian government. The women were allegedly being used for human trafficking.
In light of the incident, Virginia lawmakers are holding a town hall meeting in the same neighborhood Friday to discuss this growing industry.
Along with the town hall, local lawmakers are also introducing a list of bills to give local police more authority, stiffen penalties for the criminals and create more resources for the victims.
In the trafficking case here in McLean, no arrests have been made. It appears diplomatic immunity will play a factor.
Just Thursday, a Maryland man was arrested after admitting that he harbored South Korean woman and used them as escorts at night clubs in Annandale.